My personal opinion is that one of the more innovative, and possibly game changing, trends in housing might be related to ADUs.
Accessory Dwelling Units address 2 major issues in housing today. First, they create more rental units and second the rental income allows home owners either to stay in their current homes or afford to buy even though prices have gone up.
If you are not familiar with what I am referring to, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are known by many names. They are sometime called granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units and more. No matter what you call them, ADUs are an innovative, affordable, effective option for adding much-needed housing in California. Since the law was initially passed, there have been some updates and this is an evolving subject as people often say.
State legislation that took effect January 1, 2017 gave California cities more flexibility and latitude for allowing homeowners to build ADUs.
One year later, effective January 1, 2018, new laws were passed to clarify and improve various provisions of the law to promote the development of ADUs, including allowing ADUs to be built concurrently with a single-family home, opening areas where ADUs can be built to include all zoning districts that allow single-family uses, modifying fees from utilities, such as special districts and water corporations, and reducing parking requirements.
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